Christmas has well and truly arrived with Aladdin at Bath Theatre Royal marking the return of Pantomime season and their latest offering will have the whole family laughing, booing and cheering, and groaning at the jokes.
We love a good traditional panto and there’s everything here in this version of Aladdin that you could possibly want – all the boxes are ticked with a truly evil Abanazar thanks to soap actor Bill Ward,
A hilarious pairing of serial-panto comedian Jon Monie as Wishee Washee and the completely over-the-top PC Pong, with a series of highly dubious one liners,
Top notch singing from our romantic leads Aladdin and Princess Jasmine and some songs absolutely beautifully belted out by the Slave of the Ring Loula Geater bringing a real touch of polish to the musical offerings,
But the star of the show is the brilliant Widow Twankee Nick Wilton who is rarely off the stage, with a series of increasingly outrageous outfits and some hilarious scenes with Abanazar and Wishee Washee.
My children laughed and laughed throughout and my youngest (aged 5) was totally blown away by the magic carpet segment which saw Aladdin – Mark Rhodes from Children TV’s Sam & Mark – flying out of old Peking.
The whole show rattles with gags coming fast and furious and of course lots of audience interaction, and when the action drags temporarily it isn’t long before it finds its feet again.
It’s not Christmas without a great pantomime, and Aladdin at Bath Theatre Royal provides everything you could hope for – fun, laughter, dancing and music all delivered by an enthusiastic cast. It is the perfect tonic for 2016, a laugh out loud performance which will delight young and old.
You can find out more about Aladdin at Bath Theatre Royal website where you can also book tickets.
We were guests of Aladdin at Bath Theatre Royal for the purposes of this review but our views are our own.